the disaffected mormon renaissance

i’m just going to go ahead and say it: the new “i’m a mormon” ads are paving the way for a disaffected mormon renaissance the likes of which we haven’t seen previously.

think about it. the mormon church has invested a lot of money in ads proclaiming that we are “normal.” they feature a skateboarding hipster who proudly proclaims that “people should not be robots.” come as you are – there’s room for everyone.

so now when disaffected mormons voice their distaste with official church policies, church headquarters is either going to practice what they preach, or yank off the internet.  can you imagine the backlash the church would experience now if someone were excommunicated from the church for publicly disagreeing with the church’s stance on gay marriage?

take a gander at john dehlin’s recent ABC interview, and let me know if something like this would have been kosher two years ago, or even 6 months ago:


About unorthodox

i live in LA, work in advertising and am the father of three kids. i'm don't belong to a political party, but i have left-leaning political views. i love the beach, loud music and video games. i grew up mormon, but haven't been a believer for the past 6 or so years. i love what the church has done for my life, and am concerned about what the church is becoming.
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6 Responses to the disaffected mormon renaissance

  1. KMW says:

    It’s interesting, for sure. But honestly right now it reminds me of that TV interview GBH did back in the late 90s where he denied that it is church doctrine that HF was once a man and that church members on this planet can eventually become gods themselves.

    If my neighborhood is any type of indicator, there seem to be a goodly number of men who don’t really believe but stay active to keep peace in their marriages. My hubby has had quite a few of the member men in our neighborhood tell him in semi-confidence that he doesn’t know how lucky he is that I don’t make him go to church.

  2. Andrew says:

    It is extremely bad news for Dehlin if he is seen as a (dis)affected Mormon. Firstly, because that’s not his goal — and such a characterization freezes him out of being able to work with members — and secondly because he’s not even all that popular with many other disaffected Mormons, who view him as not going “all the way” out…

  3. KMW says:

    Just to be clear, the PR ads remind me of the GBH interview. The whole disconnect between what is doctrine and taught in the religion and what is being said in these public statements.

    And it’s quite interesting that the Josh guy mentions something about not being robots in the ad, yet a good friend of mine was just very recently asked by her bishop to give a talk to her RS sisters about the importance of not questioning or criticizing the church leaders and the importance of doing what they’re told without argument, discussion, or criticism. “When the leaders speak, the discussion is over” was a quote she was asked to use.

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  5. unorthodox says:

    i honestly don’t care how this affects john dehlin, to me the fact that the church is on record saying “come as you are” tells me that they either have to put up with people criticizing their policies from within, or quietly do away with this campaign at some point in the future. either way, it’s going to be hilarious.

  6. Andrew says:

    I guess your lack of care should’ve been apparent earlier.

    I probably shouldn’t care either, but I think that they aren’t going to be ready to put up with people criticizing their policies from within (so loudly to the outside public)…and it would be tragic for them to quietly do away with the campaign. Not all that hilarious.

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